May 17, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage (3) participates in rookie mini-camp at Methodist Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
The Houston Texans selected Tom Savage in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft for the hopes of possibly molding him into the starting quarterback of the franchise one day.
While at the University of Pittsburgh, Savage showed he has a good arm, but he was a bit inconsistent with his throws. Now with the Texans, he has been working on his craft, and who knows, maybe savage is that “diamond in the rough” who was drafted with the 135th overall pick.
His new quarterback coach George Godsey spoke about the progression of Savage on Thursday to the Houston Media, saying:
"“We’re not holding much back from him either. I’m going to coach him hard and Coach O’Brien is going to coach him hard and the rest of the coaches are, too. The thing I like about Tom is that he just looks you back in the eye and he wants to get more reps and he wants to learn.”"
Godsey also said Savage has made some mistakes, but the QB coach said:
"“We’re putting him in difficult situations, and if he does make the mistake, we slow it down on tape, slow it down in the meeting room and then give him the same situation the next day.”"
I’m not expecting Savage to take over the NFL or anything like that his rookie season. He may not even get to take a snap this year in a regular season game.
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What I would like to see Savage do this season is simple … learn. If he does learn enough this first year in the NFL, who knows what he can possibly do with a season of grooming headed into the 2015 season?
It is a very interesting process to watch this offseason to see how much of a better QB Savage becomes, and maybe he’ll be the No. 2 QB sometime this season, or maybe earn that spot this offseason.
Give us your thoughts on Savage and what you expect from him this offseason.
*Quotes provided by transcripts from the official Texans web site.